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Autumn in Somerset: 10 of the best walks

PUBLISHED: 12:05 12 September 2017

The picturesque Tarr Steps, Exmoor in autumn � Jarmin14 / Thinkstockphotos

The picturesque Tarr Steps, Exmoor in autumn � Jarmin14 / Thinkstockphotos

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As the colder months draw in, and golden and red hues fill the trees, there’s nothing quite like gathering the family for a stroll through the countryside. Embrace the fresh air, wrap up warm and soak in the beauty of Somerset on these 10 autumn walks

1. Kings Cliff Woods

Just outside the small town of North Petherton lies King Cliff Woods, a mixed woodland with plenty of trails to explore the scenery. Lose yourself in the tranquillity of the woods as the crisp orange leaves lie at your feet and the autumnal hues of the trees cover the sky above you.

2. Strawberry Line

Somerset’s Strawberry Line hopes to one day span the 30 miles through mid-Somerset from Clevedon to Shepton Mallet, creating a haven for cyclists and walkers who want to explore the Somerset countryside. The former railway line, which takes it names from the tasty cargo it carried from the strawberry fields across the region, is currently broken-up for walkers. Explore the ten mile route from Yatton to Cheddar passing through wildlife-rich wetlands, old settlements, rolling cider orchards and hills, soaking in the crisp autumnal air.

3. Tyntesfield, near Bristol

The National Trust manages Victorian Gothic Revival house of Tyntesfield boasts glorious gardens filled with floral terraces bursting with colour, peaceful woodland and rose covered archways. The perfectly manicured gardens, full of autumnal reds and burnt oranges, are perfect for a relaxing stroll in the colder months.

Pretty autumn colours at Tyntesfield Gardens � Mike BoylandPretty autumn colours at Tyntesfield Gardens � Mike Boyland

4. Bath skyline

For mesmerising views across the beautiful city of Bath and out towards the Blackdown Hills, walks across the Bath skyline are a must. Discover the hidden valleys, tranquil beech woodlands and rolling green meadows all rich with wildlife while views over Bath regularly intersperse your stroll. There’s nothing quite like soaking in panoramic views while golden autumnal hues dot the skyline.

5. South West Coast Path

Arguably Britain’s most beautiful path, spanning Somerset down to Poole in Dorset, the South West Coast Path provides walkers with unbeatable views of the country’s coastline. Embrace the views of the golden beaches, towering cliff faces and rolling patchwork fields that surround the trail. Pack your camera, wrap up warm and soak in the fresh sea air. Discover more of Somerset’s beautiful beaches here.

6. Montacute House & Gardens, near Yeovil

Just outside Yeovil, Montacute House and Gardens can be found with towering walls of glass and ham stone, surrounded by the wonderfully cared for gardens. The beautiful gardens provide a perfect backdrop for an autumn walk; make sure to take a look at lovingly known ‘wibbly wobbly’ hedgerows which didn’t bounce back to shape after the harsh winter of 1947. Warm yourself up after your stroll inside the grand interior of Montacute House.

7. Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton

For unique scenery, head to Hestercombe Gardens where you’ll find three centuries of exquisite garden design. Set within 50 acres, enjoy a relaxed walk through the Victorian Shrubbery, the Georgian Landscape Garden and the Edwardian Formal Gardens, immersing yourself in the varying styles of gardening. Wrapped up in a thick coat and cosy scarf, the seating around the edge of the Box or Pear Pond allows for a peaceful pause. The surrounding trees full of golden colour make the setting even more magical.

8. Exmoor National Park

Exmoor National Park boasts plenty of walks across varying landscapes ideal for walkers of all levels. Whether you’re after a peaceful stroll or a vigorous hike, the park boasts unique scenery rich in wildlife for all visitors to discover. Meander through Exmoor’s woodland as the leaves change colour, and if you get the chance cross the Tarr steps with the tranquil flow of the river beside you.

9. Quantock Hills

Situated between Taunton and Bridgwater lie the Quantock Hills, a stretch of rolling greenery offering mesmerising views over Somerset and across to the Welsh coast. Classified as An Area of Outstanding Beauty, the landscape is ideal for a ramble in the crisp autumn with deep wooded valleys, open heath land and plenty of colourful flora.

10. Leigh Woods

Wrap up warm and head to Leigh Woods this autumn to embrace the red and golden hues embedded in the diverse woodland. Above the scenic Avon Gorge, the wonderfully tranquil route offers walkers superb views across Bristol and Brunel’s suspension bridge. Try and spot the rare and veteran trees that dot the wood.

Love exploring the Somerset countryside? Why not take a look at 8 of our countryside pub walks in the region or walking Somerset’s countryside?

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